7 Fruits You Must Have In Your Diet

    7 Fruits You Must Have In Your Diet
    We tell our patients that fruits are a key to good nutrition, giving the body vitamins and minerals. However, are we taking our own advice and including nature's perfect packages of nutrition in our daily diet? There are many fruits to choose from, but not all are created equal. Research has proven many health and healing benefits the different nutrient components in fruits from papain in papaya, to lycopene in tomatoes. Some fruit choices have a higher sugar content and lower nutritional value than others. Let us sort out the good, from the great. Here are seven fruits that are must-haves in your regular diet.

    1. Berries: Blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, and even boysenberries are sources of many vitamins, minerals and plant compounds that prevent disease, aging, and fight free radicals. In particular, they contain antioxidants known as anthocyanin, which may protect against cancer. According to the Journal of Nutrition and Cancer in May 2002, black raspberries may fight both esophageal and colon cancers. However, in the choice between cancer fighting black raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries, black raspberries are thought to hold the most cancer fighting properties. 2. Papaya: Papaya is high in vitamin C, which as stated earlier, is an important anti-oxidant that helps prevent cellular aging and fights free radicals. Papaya also contains the enzyme papain which is known to support the digestive process. Papaya (also known as paw paw in some regions) contains folacin (folic acid) which has been shown to minimize cervical dysplasia leading to cervical cancer. Folacin as earlier mentioned, also helps prevent mutation in cells by supporting normal DNA replication in the nucleus of the cells. This is one that goes great with yogurt in the morning. 3. Tomatoes: Tomatoes contain lycopene, an antioxidant that attacks free radicals in the body. Lycopene is a carotenoid component of tomatoes, watermelons and grapefruit that gives them their color and carries the cancer-fighting properties. High levels are not only associated with low prostate antigen levels, but are also thought to also lower the risk of stomach, lung and breast cancers. Lycopene is only the beginning of tomatoes cancer fighting properties. 4. Avocado: Avocados are rich in glutathione, which is a powerful antioxidant. As we know, antioxidants are key in preventing & fighting cancer, but also slow the aging process. Avocados are also a strong source of beta carotene, which also protects against premature aging. Finally avocados are high in vitamin E, which helps to maintain the integrity of the cell membranes and body tissues. 5. Figs: The fun fruit fig is rich in vitamins A and C, as well as the minerals calcium, magnesium, and potassium. These particular vitamins and minerals are thought to curtail the appetite and improve weight loss efforts. Juice from the Fig has shown to be a potent anti-bacterial in some test tube studies. There is some anecdotal research from Tokyo that also suggests that the chemical derivative of benzaldehyde contained in figs, may be highly effective in shrinking tumors. 6. Grapefruit: Grapefruits are a powerful source of vitamin C, beta-carotene, and folic acid. Vitamin C is a well known anti-oxidant and immune booster, and beta-carotene helps prevent premature aging. Folic acid works to maintain the integrity of the DNA within the nucleus of our cells. All of these are very important in maintaining youth and preventing disease. Grapefruits, like other citrus fruits, contain a compound called monoterpenes. This compound is believed to help prevent cancer by sweeping cancer causing agents out of the body. Some studies even show that grapefruit may inhibit the growth and multiplication of breast cancer cells. 7. Red Grapes: Red grapes contain bioflavanoids and antioxidants that work against cellular aging and help prevent cancer. They are a source of resveratrol which are thought to inhibit enzymes that can stimulate cancer cell growth and suppress the immune response that keeps the cells in check. Red grapes also contain ellagic acid, a compound that blocks enzymes needed by cancer cells to proliferate. Include these 7 great fruits in your daily diet to help keep you in your best health condition. Give yourself a boost of energy and your body a boost of vitamins. Whether this information is new or just a refresher, you can keep it on hand to remind yourself how important it is to include fruits in your days regularly. The best part about this medicine is it does not need a spoonful of sugar to help it go down. This medicine comes in the form of delicious snacks that can be easily incorporate into breakfasts, snacks at work or lunch on the go.

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